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How to Relax, Shop, AND Get a Discount!

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How to Relax, Shop, AND Get a Discount!

3 Comments 23 April 2010


Shabbat Shalom
Your Peace of the Week
by: Marissa Anteby

As a Wellness Educator, I’m constantly on the lookout for new ways to help people experience more peace in their lives. Part of what I do is teach people how to practice relaxation techniques. After all, remaining calm takes practice, just as Yoga, meditation, and a whole host of other activities. Oh, hold on a minute, my husband is calling me…

Now, where was I? Let’s see, oh right; remaining calm. Well, if we need to practice, where is the ideal place to do it? One of my Yoga teachers, Rodney Yee, suggests, “Even if you do have a designated yoga room, on some days you may feel like practicing in a different space. Go with your intuition and lay down your mat wherever you wish.” http://www.gaiam.com/product/yoga-studio/yoga-instructors/rodney-yee/yoga+core+cross+train+dvd.do
Wait, now one of my kids needs me, and I think I hear the doorbell…

Wow, I can’t get a moment’s worth of quiet. I’m sure you can relate to being pulled in different directions at once. Hey, forget about laying down a mat, who has time for that? The whole world is a Jewish woman’s Yoga mat! We are constantly multi-tasking while striving to maintain a semblance of grace. That’s it, bingo! The best time and place to practice remaining calm, is always and everywhere. The family will need us, the phone will ring, but we can roll with it. Not to fret, it’s not as hard as it sounds. In fact, you can even practice a calming exercise while you’re out shopping. Yep, shopping!
The next time you’re in a store, try this; absorb the total experience. Don’t think about what happened a few minutes before, don’t worry about all the things you have to do a few minutes after, just be in the present moment. Focus on what you’re doing. Look around and really see al the colors and textures. Pick something up and really feel it’s weight in your hands. Some ‘retail therapy’ can do wonders for your mind. It can be a quick, much needed break.

Renee Salem Hanan, Co-owner of Shelly and Renee Productions, says, “There’s a sense of satisfaction, an excitement to finding an unexpected bargain. Trying on a new blouse or dress, etc. is an instant mood lifter!” As added incentive to do something nice for yourself, Shelly and Renee Productions is offering a free gift with purchase, at their sample sale of Nancy Gonzalez handbags (575 Madison Ave., 8th fl.) Hurry though, because this offer is good only on May 5th & 6th, while the supply of free gifts last! http://shellyandrenee.com/

Jonathan Zemmol of The Yellow Door concurs saying, “Sometimes the act of shopping, even for something as simple as a new vase or a lovely costume earring, can brighten someone’s day. The smallest of purchases can bring great pleasure. Everyone appreciates beauty, and it can be obtained at almost any price.” The Yellow Door in Brooklyn is extending their current Preferred Customer promotion to The Jewish Hostess readers; it’s $50 off any purchase of $200 or more. Offer expires May 9, 2010. Make sure to print out copy of this article to qualify for this special discount. http://www.theyellowdoor.com/ See, I told you practicing a calming exercise is easier than it sounds! As always, scroll all the way down to post your comments. Let me know what you think and if you tried some ‘retail therapy.’ Tell your friends to comment too, because 1 lucky winner will be chosen to receive a FREE Thai Yoga Massage from www.embodyinc.com

Shabbat Shalom,
marissa@embodyinc.com
http://www.embodyinc.com/contact.html

Marissa Anteby is a wife, and a mother of 4 children. Her company  www.embodyinc.com hosts holistic exercise classes in Cycling, Pilates, and Yoga, in cities throughout New York and New Jersey. Marissa maintains more than 10 wellness related certifications, including Reiki Massage, and Thai Yoga Massage. embodyinc.blogspot.com

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How To Relax While You Are Cooking

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How To Relax While You Are Cooking

No Comments 14 April 2010

Shabbat Shalom
Your Peace of the Week
by: Marissa Anteby

I can’t take all the credit for this week’s topic. The  inspiration for this article, came to me when I was reading the comments posted last week. In it, I described an at home Tension Releasing Massage you can do for yourself. Maggie, wrote in: “Sounds good, have to try this. Today the aroma of fresh baked challah is (finally) my relaxation.”

She touched on something so vital; the act of cooking, lends itself perfectly to taking a moment to inhale slowly and access a place of calm within yourself. To expand upon that theme; really any activity can be utilized as an opportunity to be mindful. Focusing on the task at hand, while simultaneously recognizing what’s going on in your inner world, will cultivate a sense of ease. Checking in with your thoughts and your breathing, can help alleviate stress, both mental and physical. For more information about Mindfulness Training, you can check out a 7-day course I participated in at The Miraval Spa.


Maggie’s comment got me thinking; I wonder what other things Jewish women do to make their cooking time enjoyable. So, I posed the question to my Indoor Cycling students, and here’s their list of suggestions:

• “Make a shopping list, and go to the supermarket early in the day, so you’ll have all the ingredients you need.” – A. Dweck

• De-clutter your work space before you start to cook. For tips on how to de-clutter click here: http://embodyinc.blogspot.com/2010/04/tips-for-de-cluttering-and-clearing.html

• “Playing music helps me relax, and makes me happy to be in the kitchen, even if it is for hours! The music makes the time go by faster.” – Raquel Mishaan

• “When I’m cooking, I like to clean up as I go along, so the pots don’t pile up. I can stay in the kitchen for as long as needed, because I’m working in a clear environment.” – Violet Cohen

• “Don’t rush cooking your food, you’ll taste the love in it afterward.” – Rachelle Esses
Wow, isn’t that beautiful. Rachelle told me her Mom says that. It’s such a lovely motto to live by. It’s good to remind yourself, that the energy you put in to making your family’s meals is transmitted and truly appreciated.

When your hard work in the kitchen is complete (I know your thinking, “That’s never.”) Do something special for yourself. Sit down and read a book (now you’re really laughing.) Ok, I’ll re-phrase, sit down and read a sentence in a book, before you get interrupted, or go for a walk, meet with a friend, etc.

Sarah Haddad Cheney says, “Women deserve time for themselves. Tell everyone to come to the Spa Day this Wednesday April 21, at the new SCC Spa. There will be all kinds of treatments; SkinDeep skin care products and consultations, chemical peels, hair styling by Momotaro NYC, Thai Yoga Massage, and more.” http://scclive.org/pages/detail/47/-Health-ClubSpa
http://www.momotaro.us/

As always, scroll all the way down to post your comments. I really enjoy reading them, and 1 lucky winner will be chosen from people who comment. The prize is a FREE Thai Yoga Massage from www.embodyinc.com

Shabbat Shalom,
marissa@embodyinc.com

http://www.embodyinc.com/contact.html

Marissa Anteby is a wife, and a mother of 4 children. Her company  www.embodyinc.com hosts holistic exercise classes in Cycling, Pilates, and Yoga, in cities throughout New York and New Jersey. Marissa maintains more than 10 wellness related certifications, including Reiki Massage, and Thai Yoga Massage.

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Pamper Yourself After the Seders

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Pamper Yourself After the Seders

No Comments 01 April 2010

Cocomint Foot Balm & Peppermint Foot Scrub

Shabbat Shalom;

Your Peace of the Week

by: Marissa Anteby

 

Ahhh, the count down is on. Only a little while till Shabbat. Why not pamper yourself with a body scrub?Here’s an easy body scrub that you can make right now. Here’s what you’ll need:

 

1.  1 cup of salt; it can be sea, Epsom or plain old table salt.

2.  1 cup of oil; baby, coconut, sweet almond, or even vegetable oil.

3.  6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.

4.  4 drops peppermint essential oil.

 

(Don’t worry, you can do it without the essential oils this time. But go to a health food store during the week and buy some, so you can use them next time.)

 

• Mix the oil in to the salt. Then add the drops of essential oil.

  • Pour a spoonful of the scrub mixture on to a loofah or a washcloth. It’s ok if the salt has settled to the bottom, get that part on your spoon.
  • Apply the concoction to your skin, liberally. Don’t  scour too abrasively; salt can be harsh on delicate skin. Avoid getting the scrub on your face and neck. But feel free to spend extra time on your elbows, knees, and bottoms of feet.
  • Now spoon on only the oil to your loofah or washcloth. Cover all the spots you got with the salt. Again, you could spend more time on your elbows, knees, and bottoms of feet.
  • Rinse thoroughly in the shower or bath.

You should feel invigorated. The salt exfoliates your skin and the oil softens and moisturizes it. Enjoy this while you can, because your few moments of that “Calgon take me away,”  feeling are almost over… it’ll be time to get dressed and back to reality!

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Marissa

www.embodyinc.com

 

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